…for awarding a female soldier a Silver Star for heroic acts, and then removing her from combat because she’s a woman.
And just a note, something I didn’t mention in the video, I think it’s possible to oppose both the Iraq war and the Army’s ban on women in combat. Yes, I believe women like Pfc. Monica Brown should be allowed to serve alongside men in combat situations. No, I don’t support the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Samhita said it really well two years ago:
I don’t know how to write about this issue without first saying that I hate the military, I don’t support the war in Iraq at all, and the US government allowing women and people of color to advance in the military is strategic(ally fucked) and not in *any* way indicative of an actual commitment on behalf of our leading patriarchs to advance the peoples. But these women claim to still be facing obstacles as they are clearly performing well (in gunning down Iraqis) but still not advancing in their positions.
See the military isn’t any good for anything.
Along those lines, when we talk about issues of women in the U.S. military, it’s important to keep in mind that they aren’t the only women in combat zones –and to talk about the effects of war on female civilians.
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